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Lead Your Team Personal Growth

Got the Sunday Night Blues? Prepare on Friday

Sunday night blues, Monday stress
If you dread going back to work on Mondays, preparing on Friday will make it easier. / Credit: Happy Monday image via Shutterstock

Sunday nights are riddled with anxiety for most employees, new research shows.

A study by online job site Monster.com revealed that more than three-quarters of employees experience back-to-work "Sunday Night Blues" regularly, with nearly half saying the angst is so distressing that it makes them want to find a new job.

Just 22 percent of those surveyed said they are never nervous about returning to work after a weekend.

Mary Ellen Slayter, career advice expert for Monster.com, said with Monday morning being notoriously stressful, she doesn't think anyone is truly happy to see their weekends come to a close.

"Catching up on emails, planning the upcoming week, tackling new assignments — all while thinking, 'I have another five solid days of work before my next day off,'" she said. "It's understandably daunting."

Slater said that to reduce Sunday night stress, employees should take time on Friday to make sure they are set up for success the following week.

"Spend a few minutes preparing for next week: review and prioritize your calendar, assemble materials you expect to be using and tie up every loose end you can," Slater said. "Be mindful of where you pause ongoing projects. Often, it's wise to simply finish a task you're already immersed in, rather than attempting to pick up the pieces and resume progress after two days off."

Slater said those employees who have worked hard to improve their Monday mornings but still experience intense Sunday night anxiety, might want to consider bigger changes in their professional lives.

The research was based on surveys of more than 3,600 employees worldwide.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.